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❌SOLD❌ Fender Telecaster Maple Neck Black, 1978


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The Fender Telecaster Maple Neck has been built without interruption since 1951, though models dating to 1950 used the name ‘Broadcaster’. The concept is simple yet was revolutionary, immediately appealed to countless guitarists and prompted many advances in musical technology.

Here we’re looking at a Fender Telecaster Maple Neck with a black Polyester finish, worn enough through use to have exposed blonde and clear sealer finish undercoats. At the time, if Fender had orders for colours not in stock, they would re-finish a body. For example, this guitar’s body may well have originally been Blonde, and over-sprayed black before assembly and shipment. Over time, the black finish has worn through on the edges, and in some places so has the blonde. The black top coats also have some visible effects from the player’s arm, and perhaps from a sticker once placed on the upper bass bout.

This Fender Telecaster Maple Neck dates to 1978, during the CBS ownership period and was built in Fullerton, California. It’s in largely original condition though the control pots have been changed. The neck finish is in good shape with minor wear, and the frets are original and somewhat low but not overly worn. This guitar is in good playing condition, and sounds like a 70’s Telecaster, which is to say great!

A black rectangular hard shell case is included and is in good condition.  This case may well be the original, though it does not have a Fender logo on it.  At the time, Fender’s Canadian distributor often sourced cases from local suppliers likely because of tariffs, and Fender shipped the guitars without case.


Price: $2,700.00 CAD $2,999.99 CAD
  • Model: Telecaster
  • Year: 1978
  • Finish Gloss Black
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: S842075 Made in Fullerton CA during 1978
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 17/12/2020

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 9.21lbs 4.186kg
  • Scale Length: 25.5in 647.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.604in 40.74mm
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